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Former Deaf Students Receive Gift From Netherlands Friends

Nov 24, 2009, 1:34 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

Foundation For the Disabled People based in Netherlands last Friday donated food and no-food items to two former female deaf students of St. John School For the Deaf.

The presentation ceremony was held at the school campus in the presence of teachers and parents of the two former students, namely Alimatou Secka and Madline Mendy. Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the Head Teacher of St. John School for the Deaf Mr. Daniel Mendy thanked Diny Egenberger and Jose Kamm, both members of the foundation for their wonderful gift to two of his former students. Mr. Mendy said Alimatou and Madline did a year basic training on entrepreneurship development with the home science teacher of his school, adding that after the completion of their training his school provide sponsors for them.

He said this is the second batch of students to be given such a help outside the country, adding that the first were Penda Sidibeh, Fatou Mballow, both of whom did home management while Mantabeng Sanyang a boy did bicycle repairing.

For her part, Diny Egenberger said her foundation would continue to assist deaf students of St. John's, both former and present. She told the gathering that her foundation started sponsoring the school four years ago, adding that the package include both young and adult students.

According to Ms. Diny Egenberger, her foundation is currently sponsoring two deaf students who are attending Nusrat Senior Secondary school. She added that two former students of St. John's School for the Deaf, Abdoulie Saidy and Adama Sarjo have also commenced auto mechanic apprentice training at Riders for Help under the sponsorship of her foundation.

Musa Secka, father of Alimatou Secka, a beneficiary gave the vote of thanks on behalf of other beneficiaries. He promised the donors that the donated items would be taken care of.

The items donated were 2 gas range double burners, 1 bag of sugar, 1 bag of onion, 4 gas cylinders, 2 gallons of 10 litres oil, 8 sets of basins, 2 frying pans, 2 coal pot stoves, 2 bags of charcoal, 2 big umbrellas, 2 brooms, 2 chairs, 2 tables, 4 cooking pots, 2 sieves, 2 knives, 2 local spoons and other assorted items.